leah paschall

    Worship Leader / Songwriter

To Behold The Beauty Of The Lord

I really love this picture, the homepage banner at the top. It reminds me of when my family went to Kusadasi, Turkey, near the ancient city of Ephesus.

I remember sitting on the shore by the dock and looking out over the most beautiful landscape I'd ever seen. It left me speechless. I couldn't stop staring.

I looked out over the clear blue-green water with the mountain scape in the distance. There was something majestic about it, and equally calming. Simple beauty.

I wanted to carry those moments with me forever, wherever I went. Now I have memories and pictures. But nothing compares with actually being there.

Funny, when I found this picture and decided to use it for my homepage banner, I wasn't thinking of making it the subject of a devotional. But then the words just came.

Psalm 27:4 says, "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and enquire in his temple."

To behold the beauty of the Lord.

Is there anyone more majestic than our God? He created the heavens and the earth. He weighs the mountains in a scale and measures the waters in His hand. (From Isaiah 40). There is no other.

Yet, in all His unmatched majesty and might, He calms the raging sea inside each of us and calls us His own. Such tenderness in His love for us.

This is what draws me in. I can't stop staring at Him.

And so comes my love for the Word. I find Him in the pages of Scripture and come to know Him better through it.

If you don't know my amazing Savior, Jesus Christ, I invite you to just lay it down - all the burdens, the confusion and pain, the guilt, the shame. All of it. He bore all of it on the cross when He died for you and rose again so that you could know and have eternal life and relationship with God. Relationship.

If you do know Christ, I am honored and grateful to call you my brother or sister in the Lord.

I posted another devotional on the Blog page for the site launch. I'll continue to post devotionals regularly. I'll also be posting original music that I've written (stay tuned!).

Meantime, I invite you to take a look. Stay in touch. My prayer is that you will see God as the source of it all as I share stories, music and Scripture. Let's grow in grace together.

July 4, 2017